Tag: leaders

  • How to Manage Other People’s Frantic Energy

    How to Manage Other People’s Frantic Energy

    This past week found me traveling by airplane, an experience of technological wonder. And, inarguably, a bit of an energetic mess. The airport itself is no better, and the security line on the day of my departing flight was especially frantic. Picture, if you will, the following scene all around me… …wild-eyed people ripping metal off their…

  • Why We All Should Stop Freaking Out

    Why We All Should Stop Freaking Out

    I freaked out the other day. In fact, I freaked out a few times…all due to a chain of events within about two hours. If you know me, you know that my freak-outs can be a bit…dramatic. It went something like this: First, I answered one last email before leaving the office and made myself…

  • Our Perfect Excuse for Staying Miserable

    Our Perfect Excuse for Staying Miserable

    Recently I was at a conference and met a woman from Orlando…who hated Orlando. Her name was Abby, and she wasted no time in telling me why Orlando was such a terrible place to live. (For readers hailing from Orlando, please note this was just one person’s opinion – and certainly not the opinion of…

  • My Unexpected Lesson at 15,000 Feet

    My Unexpected Lesson at 15,000 Feet

    I begin today’s post with a brief tale…of what could’ve been a foul, horrific experience for us all. It happened early on during a flight home on Southwest. Just as we got to about 15,000 feet, a man a few rows in front of me (in Row #3 to be exact) well…let’s just say he…

  • How to Be Awesome

    How to Be Awesome

    A few weeks ago found me lunching with a new group of women. These women were powerful. They could connect me to potential clients, potential opportunities. They were also perfectly polished. Their nails, their teeth, their hair…all perfect. They spoke in high, delightful voices. Their laughter tinkled like bells. It was like I was part…

  • What Attraction is REALLY About

    What Attraction is REALLY About

    Recently I learned another – humbling – leadership lesson. It taught me a thing or two about what really attracts people…to us as individuals and leaders, and to our organizations. I begin with a spoiler alert: Despite what we hear every day, attraction isn’t about our perfect outfit, our fancy new car or our carefully…

  • How to Have a Terrible Day

    Last week found me at the Louisville airport. I’d just finished up a presentation and was heading home. I sat quietly at the gate and began to organize my bag before boarding….which is when I opened my wallet, looked down, and panicked. It was just like in the movies, when a character realizes something has…

  • The Thing That Makes You Less Likeable

    Recently I attended the wedding of a former colleague. It was an amazing affair, filled with premier entertainment, succulent food, lots of people in attendance I wanted to know. And one I didn’t. At least not anymore. I actually knew him already. We’d met once, several years before. But that was enough. At the time…

  • The Most Important Decision Leaders Make

    Today’s post comes by way of request. A few of them, actually. It’s a bit of information plus a lot of warning. I begin with a few moments from some recent posts. See if you notice a theme. Don’t talk trash about your organization to others, with the exception of a few, trusted people. Don’t…

  • How to Keep From Messing Up Your Life

    Recently I was invited to join an amazing new group, one that would get me in the same room with some big names in town. We would gather together for five blissful meetings I imagined the incredible people I’d meet, the stimulating discussions we’d have. Oh, how they’d love me! Then I learned the meetings…

  • When Toxic People Invade Our Space

    I got an interesting tidbit of news last week. A colleague – Tanya – was booted from my book club. If you’re wondering why I found this so…interesting…allow me to lay it on the line. Truth is, Tanya and I don’t really get along. We actually did like each other back in the beginning, when…

  • How Strong Leaders Solve Their Big Problems

    Running an organization is not an easy thing. I did it for seven years and know for a fact it’s actually a hard, messy, emotional thing. It is also, of course, fulfilling and satisfying. But that last part was easy to forget when I was running things, especially when it came down to budget season.…